National human rights institutions to attend global meeting on disability rights
A key goal for NHRIs is to contribute to the debates with their experiences, raise awareness among the delegations
attending COSP 11 of the contributions that NHRIs can offer to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities, and he enormous value NHRIs can bring to discussions of human rights issues at the international level.
As independent bodies with a broad human rights mandate, NHRIs have indeed a key role to play
in monitoring the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
NHRIs derive this role both from their investigation, complaints handling, monitoring and
reporting mandate under the Paris Principles, and, specifically, when they have been designated as the independent national monitoring mechanism under article 33(2) of the Convention.
NHRIs have a key role in ensuring that persons with disabilities are involved in monitoring
activities, for example by having persons with disabilities among the monitors; and, by way of substance, that the voices and experiences of persons with disabilities are central in determining whether their rights are being respected, protected and fulfilled.
During COSP 11:
GANHRI will present a statement during the COSP 11 General Debate, to share experiences, lessons and good practices of NHRIs in monitoring the
- On 14 June, GANHRI in partnership with the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,
the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the International Disability Alliance, UNDP and the Permanent Missions of Australia and Mexico, will host a side
event on monitoring the Convention. The event will be an opportunity to share experiences and lessons on monitoring the Convention and present and further expand on the outcomes of the first annual meeting between the Committee and GANHRI, on 23 February in Geneva;and
- GANHRI will host a NHRI caucus meeting for NHRIs participating in COSP 11. Part of the meeting will be joined by representatives of the CRPD Committee,
IDA and UNDP, to exchange experiences, and discuss opportunities for cooperation.
You can download here the side-event concept note